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At 11:53pm on November 27, 2013, Murat Ulu said…

Many thanks for your warm welcome Amy ! I am so excited about all of this. I will just dive into the website to start with. We'll move on together with Memet and friends here. Cheers !

At 7:04am on November 27, 2013, Memet Ali KAYA said…


That is all for now !   Warm regards,

Memet Ali Kaya


A Poem from Rumi, from Turkey

This We Have Now

This we have now
is not imagination.
This is not
grief or joy.
Not a judging state,
or an elation,
or sadness.
Those come and go.
This is the presence
that doesn't.

(Compiled by Coleman Barks, i.b.i.d.)

At 6:57am on November 27, 2013, Memet Ali KAYA said…

Dear Amy,

Thank you for the reply. Just for the feedback, to inform you and the team.

I discovered Organizational Learning in 1996. But it took me some time to have a training related to Core Competencies for Organizational Learning and then later Leadership Foundation from Peter Senge in Boston in 2004 and 2005. Then I became a member of SOL (Society of Learning Org.) by 2005. When I was back home and I asked myself why not to establish a 'Learning Lab.' within the Company, Turkish Petroleum Corp. (A state-owned Company) with Peter's and Ginny Wiley's help and I did it. It helps a lot to introduce OL cultures and its five disciplines at work and still continues. Now, I am the head of Strategy Dept. so we had chance to enlarge the group for more. We learned a lot but still too much thing needed for this life journey. We believe that we emerge or trigered some changes at least in est. OL Culture through this LLAB.

So then, I discovered 'Systems Thinking in Action Conferences' and also 'The World Cafe' :-) too. It was wonderful discovery :-). I had chance to get 2003-2004-2005 STIA Conference booklets, The world cafe (by Ms. J.Brown and D.Isaacs) and also TWC Resource Guide booklet too. I liked them too much.

Then, me and my friends asked the same funny and very creative question; why not to establish TWC in Turkey by adding Turkish Coffee taste and style in it :-). Starting from Capital city Ankara and then continue for the other cities as well. It is the simplicity, also the spirit or the essence of the idea itself which is going to re-creative and generative itself, for sure, we will just help this creative idea to flourish from within. That is how we see and believe.

So, we did translate TWC Design 7 principles and Method in Turkish this summer. They are now all ready.

The name of the cafe is: "Learning Lab. Cafe" under a sponsorship of a foundation named as The Sun of Humanity (no English web site yet but the web is We can then establish the group in TWC Community Group as well. We did not finish the logo yet but you can see the first version, we thought that it should include some Turkish Coffee styles too, we will work on it :-).

Beneath the logo you could see a Turkish saying "a cup of coffee being the start of a '40 year' friendship" and also the TWC wonderful saying too.

We did our first meeting in 23th of Nov. this saturday and it was very well and motivating. It is not all the team in the picture yet but you can see some of them ;-). The team has different backgrounds; engineers, doctors, philosophy student, IT and innovation but all believe that they can change the world by starting to change themselves :-)

At 6:03am on November 27, 2013, Maggie Judge said…

Hi Amy, I am just now seeing your last couple comments world cafe training and about Oct 22nd - The funny thing is I know Patricia Neal - I also went to one of their events earlier this year.

Thanks for the note and I look forward to learning and sharing here


At 4:52am on November 27, 2013, Emma Weise said…

Thanks Amy!

I will take a look at the Art of Harvesting community...

And I'm glad you like my profile photo... taken by a friend ;)

At 4:18pm on November 22, 2013, LETTY NAVARRO said…

Thanks Amy!  

I am sure we can star a good community here in Venezuela. We are fond of talking; and this is definitely, a great tool to respect and add to collective knowledge.  Conversations with a purpose!!

I am passionate about planting communication and happiness seeds everywhere, particularly, within my country.   I will check the Latin version too, as you suggested.

I'll be around!  :)


At 1:12pm on October 30, 2013, Matthew B. Smith said…

Thanks for the welcome.  I'm still looking around, but so far, I'm certainly impressed and interested!

At 7:28pm on October 28, 2013, Samara Sonmor said…

Thank you so much Amy, I will check out the information and get a bit familiar with the site, and then I will be back. Your advice is most appreciated (and welcoming!).

At 12:17pm on October 27, 2013, Lorraine Rytz-Thériault said…

By the way (bak a'cha), did I tell you we have a B&B and you are welcome to stay with us next time you visit our beautiful Basel!! Just let me know when you plan to be in the neighborhood...

At 8:30pm on October 26, 2013, Maryanne Reilly-Spong said…

Hi Amy,

Welcome to the Twin Cities and thank you for the nice welcome.  I am originally from the SF Bay Area.  I grew up in Pleasant Hill and completed my bachelor's at Saint Mary's.  I do love the seasons in Minnesota, and it's a wonderful place to raise a family, but when the roads get icy, I long for the more temperate winters on the West Coast!  I am so looking forward to this opportunity, so thank you.


At 9:21am on October 25, 2013, McKenzie Strobach said…

Hi Amy and thank you for the welcome message!

The idea of a multi-generational partnership and collaboration forum sounds great! I am a recent graduate with my MA in Sustainable International Development and I'm looking for a mentor to help me develop more skills in research methods for evaluating impact of programs and projects, relating to community and economic development. Also, hearing more from professionals in the field helps me to focus on a proper career path.  I have reviewed the orientation materials and am excited to learn more about other members. Thank you for allowing me in this space!



At 9:18am on October 25, 2013, Lorraine Rytz-Thériault said…

Thank you, Amy for guiding me to this WC online community.

Just a quick tour of the site has already impressed me with the global reach made possible by dedicated members. Believe that I will quickly feel at home in such an enthusastic group. 

with much appreciation,


At 10:16pm on October 17, 2013, Melissa Ott said…

It was a delight to meet you today! I am greatly looking forward to our journey ahead together helping connect folks so they can make meaningful connections and conversations!

At 3:49am on October 10, 2013, Bob-e Simpson Epps said…


Thank you for the invitation.  I am scheduled to be out of town...bummer...if there is a change I will definitely be there.  Bob-e

At 8:33pm on October 9, 2013, Cindy Wold said…

Hi Amy,

I will be there with bells on! Looking forward to it - and to seeing you!

At 5:42pm on October 8, 2013, Gabrielal Adriana Gutierrez said…

Dear Amy:

thank you for welcome message! it's very nice to see how alive this community is!

I'm very interested in being able to apply all the principles of the Café and put it to the service of the community.

see you!


At 7:15am on October 7, 2013, Florence Hardy said…

Hello Amy,

Thanks for your messages of welcome for me in this community - which I appreciate very much.

On the topic of translation - I need to look at what is available in French following your indications. I would really love to take this further - let me get back in touch once I've read the "French stuff".

I've already begun to think on how to make this possible, as this idea/project seems to me both of value to the community at large as well as to me, in fact.

Let's see.

With kind regards


At 11:00am on October 5, 2013, Florence Hardy said…

Amy thank you for such prompt reaction.

I actually have to go back and ...dine now, but I'll be back !


At 12:54pm on September 24, 2013, Rachel Magruder said…

Amy! Your comment was warmly accepted :)

I'm beginning the process of outlining a World Cafe forum in Istanbul, Turkey where I am currently doing field research about inter-faith dialogue and social movements in Islamic culture. I very much look forward to sharing my experiences here with you!! 

I will also have questions arise soon as I gain a better idea for the date/theme of the conversation, so I look forward to diving into the specifics of hosting an event. 


Rachel M.

At 5:54pm on September 22, 2013, Mary Greenough said…

Thank you, Amy! I already feel welcome.  It will be a lot of fun navigating the site and learning new ideas.  Mary


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